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March 24th, 2016

Legislative Report by Rep. Fred Baser: Paying for health care in Vermont

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



In December of 2014 Gov. Shumlin halted his single-payer health insurance effort. Since then, health care and its funding have left prime time. Yet, behind the scenes, much is still going on. There are two stories that deserve attention. The first is the state’s effort to move to an all-payer model, which would set up a health services payment system that would replace the current fee-for-service system. The second concerns our Medicaid guidelines and their impact on providers and the state’s finances.

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Opinion: James' ancestor felt differently

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Bob Buckeye



The first Edwin James, of Weybridge, Middlebury College class of 1816, would support Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, as his descendent, Edwin James of Shoreham, does not.

The first James condemned the capitalist greed of whites in their dispossession of Native Americans and became a lifelong defendant of the right of Native Americans to live their lives.

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Opinion: Tips hit skids for ski area workers

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



Growing up in Burlington, I can remember the Salvation Army bell being rung on Church Street during the Christmas shopping season. The bell ringer stood next to a red kettle hanging from a tripod. Early in the shopping season you could hear the clang of coins as they fell into the nearly empty bucket.

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Opinion: Middlebury rail bridges project progressing

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Jim Gish



I was hired two months ago as Middlebury’s Community Liaison for our downtown bridges project, which will get under way this fall. This position is funded by VTrans, and it has three goals: 1) to provide accurate and timely information on the project to the community, 2) to provide community feedback to VTrans, and 3) to help promote the vitality of Middlebury’s downtown during the project.

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Steam keeps rising in sugarshacks as maple season surprises

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — From the back roads of Lincoln, high in the Green Mountain National Forest, to the plowed-earth fields of Orwell sweeping close to Lake Champlain, the steam is rising from Addison County sugarhouses and many sugarmakers are working the midnight hours to boil down this year’s sweet crop of maple syrup.

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Middlebury Police Log: Police aid CSAC with suicidal woman

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded, with other emergency services officials, to the Twin Circles area on March 18 on a report of a drunken, suicidal woman.

Police said Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) officials spoke with the woman, who was ultimately taken to Porter Hospital for further evaluation.

In other recent action, Middlebury police:

• Searched in vain for a person who had allegedly been seen throwing unspecified objects off the Cross Street Bridge into the Otter Creek on March 14.

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Vermont State Police Log: County residents involved in Pittsford four-car crash

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — On March 15 at 2:37 p.m. Vermont State Police responded, with members of the Pittsford Fire Department, to a four-car crash on Route 7 North in front of Lothrop School in Pittsford; two Addison County drivers were involved in the incident.

State police report that a 17-year-old Leicester resident was driving a 2007 Hyundai northbound in front of the school when she rear-ended a 2014 Mercedes driven by a 61-year-old man from Southborough, Mass.; the Mercedes was stopped for traffic.

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Vergennes Police Log: Police assist motorists

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Among other incidents in a busy week between March 14 and 20, Vergennes police ticketed the driver of a car reported to be driving unsafely on Route 7, helped Northlands Job Corps personnel deal with a troubled student, and aided a woman who had tried to injure herself.

In those seven days, Vergennes police:

• On March 14 helped a motorist get into a locked car on Panton Road.

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